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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Coach Me by Ann Jacobs

Coach Me by Ann Jacobs
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Master me, thinks Susan Anderson when she finally lays eyes on Colin Zanardi, former NFL MVP and now coach of the Savannah Rebels. He is only in town for a few days, but he’s the Dom she’s been dreaming of, yearning for. She just has to convince him to play with her, show him how submissive and obedient she is, and demonstrate just what she can do for that gorgeous body of his.

It’s been a long time since Colin has played with a true submissive. Susan is eager to be dominated. By him. He’s the perfect Master to tame her, and settling down this firecracker is a challenge Colin can’t resist. He can think of so many things he wants to use on her—a sex swing, a spiderweb, a roomful of sex toys.

He’ll play her scene—tie her, blindfold her, order her to pleasure him—for their mutual satisfaction. Colin is more than ready to turn this hometown party girl into his own private sex slave.

Coach Me is a novella about second chances and finding the person who can bring you happiness and completion. Although it is the fourth installment in the Gridiron Lovers series, it is not necessary to have read the previous stories to follow.

Susan Anderson lost her lover, her husband, and her master two years ago. Since then she’s longed for a relationship similar to the one she lost, and the only man she feels can give her what she needs is the sexy Colin Zanadri. A reunion is just the excuse she’s been looking for to get closer to the man and present herself as the submissive she knows he is attracted to. Sparks fly, passions ignite, and soon they are exploring their mutual desires.

This is a novella that’s difficult to review. Not because it’s a bad story, rather the focus is primarily on sex versus an emotional connection. Author Ann Jacobs does what she can to provide glimpses into the thoughts and motivations of Susan and Colin but, for the most part, it’s raw, sexual need that brings the two together. I also I struggled to understand Susan. She is open in the fact that she has partaken in several sexual escapades following her husband’s death (and prior to their introduction when she was just eighteen), which for some reason came across as very cold to me. Perhaps it shouldn’t, but I found myself questioning how deeply she cared for her deceased husband. As for Colin, well, he is sex on a stick -- older, gorgeous, and dominant. There isn’t as much conflict for him, aside from trying to decide what he wants in life as he’s growing older. He’s the perfect man to give Susan what she wants, and give it he does. From the moment he accepts her invitation to play, he pushes her, torments her, and pleases her until she can’t conceive of her life without him.

Coach Me is the kind of novella you’ll enjoy if you’re looking for something hot, with elements of BDSM. Although there wasn’t as much romance as I like, I did enjoy the scenes between Susan and Colin, as their chemistry is spot-on. You’ll wriggle, writhe, and squirm when Colin takes control in the bedroom, and sigh in bliss when Susan surrenders herself completely.

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